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Mon
11
Jul

Ontario police seize cannabis worth $61 million

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Estimated 45,000-plus illegal pot plants and eight metric tonnes of processed weed confiscated.

The Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET), led by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), seized $61 million in cannabis, equipment and property during searches of two greenhouse sites and two residences.

Mon
11
Jul

Hemp industry pushes back on Virginia’s delta-8 crackdown

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The plans of Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration to crackdown on the sale of certain psychoactive products like delta-8 hit a wall of resistance from the hemp industry at a Thursday meeting of a new task force. Critics of the plan argue the rules were rushed, unenforceable and would spark legal challenges.

“We wake up one morning and we find out that we may be in breach of the law,” Maurice Robinson, owner of Greener Things store in Charlottesville, told state officials on a new hemp task force in Richmond.

“And that's unsettling to a lot of us.”

Mon
11
Jul

Is California’s cultivation tax cut too little, too late?

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Businesses respond to California’s cannabis cultivation tax cut which took effect last week.

After four years of exhaustive efforts, California leaders eliminated the cultivation tax along with other changes, providing some bit of respite for cultivators. But does the plan just move money around, and is it even close to enough to save struggling farmers?

California Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2022-2023 revised budget on May 13—most notably containing the much-needed tax cuts. On June 29, Assembly Bill No. 195 passed in the Senate by 34-0, and the California Assembly voted 66-0 in favor of the bill. The bill took effect immediately following the signature of Newsom, providing the legal cannabis industry some much-needed temporary tax relief, which began July 1.

Fri
08
Jul

Now they're blaming drugs for America's massacre problem

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Anything other than guns.

In the ongoing effort to talk about anything except controlling guns in response to our country’s ongoing massacre problem, the public intellectuals of the American Right have descended to watch-out-for-the-hopheads levels that are beneath even those plumbed by Joe and Frank on the old Dragnet show, and those guys had a case where a hophead literally buried his head in the ground.

As usual, the primary sewage treatment plant for this stuff is the Fox News prime time lineup. Laura Ingraham blames legalized Mary Jane for seducing god-fearing young men into opening fire on schools and parades. From Vanity Fair:

“Why aren’t people in general not talking more about the pot-psychosis–violent-behavior connection?” Ingraham asked.

Fri
08
Jul

Democrats send letter to Biden, urging him to legalize weed

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The letter asks the Biden Administration to use its authority for two purposes: to deschedule cannabis and to clear the names of all individuals convicted of non-violent cannabis offenses.

As marijuana faces federal legalization, Democrats are asking President Biden to step up and deschedule the drug.

The Hill reports that a group of senators sent the Biden Administration a letter this past Wednesday. It was signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and more.

Wed
06
Jul

U.S. Army turns to hemp for sniper uniforms

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New suits expected to help snipers “remain undetected within close proximity of the enemy forces.”

Members of the U.S. armed forces can’t use hemp, even in products as innocuous as shampoo, but army snipers could someday be covered in the wonder fibre if a request for information (RFI) exploring its suitability for uniforms pans out.

Released in late June, the RFI notes the army if offering a contract opportunity for fiber, yarn and thread mills to submit information on fabrics that could potentially be used for sniper uniforms.

Specifically, the request relates to 22-kilogram count, three-ply jute or hemp yarn or twine in a natural colour, with the current demand being 365,760 metres.

Wed
06
Jul

Joe Biden gets handwritten letter from Brittney Griner on 4th of July — here’s what it says

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“I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don’t forget about me and the other American Detainees. Please do all you can to bring us home.”

Brittney Griner hand wrote a letter to President Biden, which was delivered to the White House on the 4th of July. The WNBA superstar told the president that she fears she’ll be detained in Russia indefinitely and pleaded for him not to forget about her and other Americans detained in Russian. (Benzinga)

Tue
05
Jul

Will Germany’s move to legalize weed inspire the rest of Europe?

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Germany might legalize marijuana within two years. The decision could shake up Europe’s relationship with the drug.

Germany is primed to become the largest country in Europe to legalize marijuana. It’s a decision that carries some weight considering that they have the largest economy on the continent. The Guardian spoke with several experts, who provided their predictions of what could happen and its impact on the world.

“There will be a domino effect, for sure,” said Justin Haucap, director of the Dusseldorf Institute for Competition Economics.

“European countries that have a much bigger problem with illegal cannabis use, like France, are watching very closely what Germany is doing at the moment.”

Tue
05
Jul

Canadian cannabis giant Tilray offers U.S. workers coverage for abortion-related costs

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Updated health care benefits will cover transportation expenses for employees and their covered family members.

U.S.-based employees of Tilray Brands will receive coverage should they seek an abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court of the United States overturning five-decades-long protections to access legal abortions.

According to Marijuana Business Daily, the company will cover travel and accommodation expenses, as well as provide paid time off, for those who must travel out of state for the procedure.

‘Health and safety of our employees, patients and consumers is our top priority’

“At Tilray Brands, the health and safety of our employees, patients and consumers is our top priority,” Tilray CEO Irwin Simon noted in a tweet June 28.

Tue
05
Jul

Opposition fury at Albanian government plan to legalize medical cannabis

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The Albanian government has put a draft law on legalising medical cannabis up for public consultation, sparking an angry reaction from opposition politicians. 

The news was announced shortly after the latest World Drug Report 2022 from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) revealed that Albania is one of the top countries worldwide for cannabis cultivation and distribution. 

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